Radio Show: Community Foundation of Northwest Mississippi

The Community Foundation of Northwest Mississippi is an independent not-for-profit organization founded in 2002 that serves eleven Mississippi counties: Bolivar, Coahoma, DeSoto, Leflore, Marshall, Panola, Quitman, Sunflower, Tallahatchie, Tate and Tunica. CFNM is governed by a board of 20 volunteer civic leaders and impacts the communities of Northwest Mississippi by connecting people who care with causes that matter. CFNM currently manages 233 donor-established funds and has distributed $18.3 million to support 420 charitable organizations and activities recommended by its donors, as well as charitable programs established by the Foundation. The Maddox Foundation has made a Challenge Grant to the Community Foundation to match 100% endowment contributions through 2013.

Currently in DeSoto County, they hold the The DeSoto Jail Ministry Fund.

This Fund supports the work of Rev. Curtis Pennington, Chaplain of the DeSoto County jail in Hernando, and Jackie Wilcutt who works with female inmates.

The jail houses about 333 inmates and Pennington and Wilcutt teach the inmates life skills like anger management, conflict resolution, and good parenting skills to help them when they get out of jail and to give them hope for a new life.

“I have graduated probably 200 people in the last four years since I’ve been here and I’ve only seen a few come back to jail,” said Pennington. “One graduate owns his own construction business and has about 4-5 employees working for him. He’s a sought-after person, but when he came here, he was an addict and had no hope.” We strive to give hope and to teach them about God’s love.

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